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Congratulations to my favorite artist of all time, Patti Smith, who won the National Book award last night for her memoir, Just Kids. If you have not read this book, go get it! It's thoroughly entertaining and very inspiring. Here's a quote from the Times: "“I dreamed of having a book of my own, of writing one that I could put on a shelf,” she said. “Please, no matter how we advance technologically, please don’t abandon the book. There is nothing in our material world more beautiful than the book.” I couldn't agree more. Read More
About three years ago, when Rihanna’s pivotal third album Good Girl Gone Bad was released, Jay-Z dubbed her the Black Madonna. It seemed ridiculous at the time, but considering Rihanna’s reinvention of herself with every work that followed, Jay-Z might have been onto something. Rihanna’s gumption has progressively escalated in both her sound…and hairstyles. Through her “safe” period during her first two albums Music Of the Sun and A Girl Like Me, the Bajan beauty emitted a Pop-Caribe vibe on the first, delivering her debut hit “Pon De Replay”. Read More
I love taking someone who has never previously had the pleasure to their first Sufjan Stevens show. Naturally, one would assume that his performances are pretty much all about emotional banjo songs and tender moments, and while there were a few of those at his show at the Beacon Theatre the other night, there were also projection screens, light up costumes, balloon drops, beach balls, and dancing. Dancing? Yup, boy's got some moves. Sufjan opened with a plugged-in version of "Seven Swans" and went on to perform mostly new material from his latest album, The Age of Adz. Read More
Teaching girls to play loud instruments, form a band, command a stage, and all-around empower themselves in many ways is what rock camp is all about. Of all the feminist causes near and dear to my heart, rock camp is one of the most inspiring and consistently rewarding-and I can't help but wish I had spent a week at camp as a kid, middle-schooler, or teen. That's why it's a great idea to support Girls Rock Camp Alliance's benefit show at Park Slope's Rock Shop. Read More
Our pal and music contributor Everett True turned us on to my new favorite, Agent Ribbons, a fantastic trio from Austin Texas. Here is their latest video, Dada Girlfriend, off the excellent Chateau Crone, out now on Antenna Farm records. Look for an in depth interview with the band in our upcoming Dec/Jan issue. Also, check out the song I'm Alright in the BUST Radio player on the right hand column of the home page. Read More
  Let’s say you’ve decided to take a mid-afternoon lie-down and have put your iTunes on shuffle because you’re too tired to make that perfectly relaxing playlist. You’re just about dozing off as the Fleet Foxes play, and then WABAM! Soulja Boy starts playing. Or, let’s say you and your friends are three sheets to the wind and you just know that a Motown sing-along is inevitable except oh no! You’re drunk and who has the time to mine YouTube for some golden oldies? Thanks to the website 8tracks, your problem is solved. Read More
Managing Editor of BUST, Emily Rems, was asked to speak on yesterday’s edition of Soundcheck radio show, on NPR affiliate WNYC, about Led Zeppelin’s epically infamous “Stairway to Heaven.” She was joined by die-hard metal fan and blogger Phil Freeman in debating the worth and significance of this classic and “timeless” hit. Read More
Throughout the tenure of his career, Cee Lo Green has managed to sit at a number of lunch tables without having to rep a specific set. From his early days in Southern Hip-Hop outfit Goodie Mob, to becoming the vocal front man for the Grammy Award winning Gnarls Barkley, Mr. Green has managed to transcend space and time with genre-bending tunes. The Lady Killer (Atlantic) grabs the greatest moments of the 50s through the 80s, with some Hip-Hop essentials sprinkled in. Read More
Rumor has it that on the first Thanksgiving, Myles Standish took to the Plymouth Plantation stage and dropped sweet rhymes and fat beats. Rumor also has it that he and his friends stole a lot of land and killed a lot of Native Americans, but we'll talk about that later. Anyway, the musical tradition continues! You can catch rapper Nicki Minaj at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom this Thanksgiving, November 25th. Tickets are on sale now. Skip the pumpkin pie (no, bring it with you!) and check out the show, which starts at 7:30 pm. Read More
I recently read an article written by Andrew McMillen called How To Be A Live Music Critic. The piece basically pokes fun of music journalists and lists in bullet points examples of what NOT to focus on in a live show review. One of the points that stood out to me most is: "You must not use more than half of your word limit to describe the band’s music. This is a waste of valuable words, which could be better devoted to describing stage attire, between-song banter, drink prices and/or bar staff temperament. Read More